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County Leaders to Be Recognized

October 18, 1998|FRED ALVAREZ

Ten Ventura County community leaders and five local organizations will be honored for their commitment to cultural and ethnic diversity.

The Ventura County Cultural Diversity Board will recognize its "Diversity Heroes" at an awards banquet Thursday in Oxnard.

The board is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to building cooperation and understanding among the county's cultures.

Recipients include Randy Feltman, who is spearheading the county's welfare reform efforts; the Rev. Mark Knudson, campus minister at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks; and Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller of Temple Beth Torah in Ventura.

Other recipients are educator Mary Anne McCabe, community activist Alice McGrath, multicultural festival organizer Corazon Ortiguerra, Ventura College Vice President Irene Pinkard, Ventura Diversity Board staff member Dana Phillips, Oxnard Firefighter Tiloi Tuitama Sr. and retired educator Donato Ventura.

"These individuals exemplify the best that the human spirit has to offer," board President Charles Howard said.

Organizations being honored are City Impact, the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce, El Concilio del Condado de Ventura, Honda of Oxnard and the United Way of Ventura County.

The banquet will be held at the Marriott Residence Inn. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a raffle and auction. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $50. For more information or to make reservations phone 987-1697.

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